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Cross Country Mountain Biking must-buys from Specialized

Following the recent launch of the new Specialized Epic Hardtail, and the fast approaching UCI XC World Championship for 2019, the eyes of riders all over the world are on the cross-country discipline. Specialized, a brand that is well-established in the field of XC-racing, has got some gear that you’ll keep you looking fast and going fast! All the gear listed below was designed with one thing in mind – the rider. Its a simple cause and effect scenario; if you feel comfortable, you’ll ride faster. And that’s ultimately what you need for XC Racing.

So whether you’re a newbie on the XC race track, or an experienced, energetic racer, Specialized have you covered.

1. Specialized S-Works Recon

The perfect shoes for riders seeking speed over dirt, gravel, and muddy ‘cross courses. The dirt-specific carbon sole is super stiff for the ultimate in power transfer. PadLock™ Heelcup and no-stretch Dyneema® uppers lock your foot into the shoe for the most efficient fit. The shoe comes fully-sealed, alloy S3 BOA® dials offer precise, one-millimeter micro-adjustments, yet are nigh impervious to dirt, mud, and dust. The SlipNot™ rubber heel and toe tread increase your traction during hike-a-bikes, while Specialized’s Body Geometry boosts power, increases efficiency, and reduces your chance of injury.

MSRP 6000

2. Specialized S-Works Prevail II w/ANGi

The ideal helmet for cross-country racers and riders seeking ultralight, ultra-ventilated protection, is the S-Works Prevail. Its technologically smart , with its integrated ANGi crash sensor that connects you to help when you need it most. The new MIPS SL is the lightest, most ventilated MIPS protection to date. Patented, Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS construction helps manage impact energy, while the aramid-reinforced skeleton provides internal EPS support.

MSRP 4200

3. Specialized Renegade Gloves

The Specialized Renegade gloves feature a minimalist design that feels like a second skin. Simply put, its ultralight and breathable. The perfect warm weather glove. There’s not a bit of padding—it’s all about the bar feel with this one.

MSRP 500

4. Specialized Fast Trak 2.3” Tyres WITH New CONTROL Casings

The Fast Trak is an XC/Marathon racing tire with the perfect amount of traction for both climbing and braking. The tyres themselves excel on both hardpack and intermediate conditions. New CONTROL casings increase pinch-flat protection by 20% with minimal rolling resistance, yet offers solid traction.

Weight: 675 grams

Source: Specialized Bicycles

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